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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can my ex-wife file & receive back child support for our 2 daughters for the 12 years I was incarceeated?

I was incarcerated in 2006 when our daughters were 5 and 3. I got out in 2018. Have been providing support as much as I can but not regularly as I don't make much and am an hourly employee so my pay fluctuates. Our daughters are 18 (graduating in May 2020) and 16 now and my ex-wife is threatening... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Mar 31, 2020

She can file for child support to get payments from now and going forward, but not for the past. Since your one daughter is graduating in May you wouldn’t have to pay child support on that one after that point. The other daughter is 16, so she could file to get child support for the next two... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: how do I change my name and file a case against my family .

I have been thru countless years of mintol and physical abuse and I'm over it I'm tyerd of being there wiping post and blame boy

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 29, 2020

You can change your name by filing a name change petition in your county's superior court.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can foster care change the courts visitation agreement without going to court or notifying me

My daughter was placed in foster care for bs reasons and now the foster care lady is saying we can't set her. Can she do that?

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 26, 2020

Without knowing more facts about your case, we are unable to answer that question. If there is a court order in place, that order cannot typically be unilaterally changed by one party.

Ellaretha Coleman, Esq.

Atlanta Family Law Group LLC

(404) 963-9452...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I live in a different town than my daughter do I have to find a lawyer in the town she lives in for child neglect
Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 22, 2020

You will at least need to find an attorney who provides legal service in that town, even if the attorney is not located directly in that city.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: We have 2 grandchildren who are not being properly cared for. They are neglected and we have pictures of neglect. Help!

The first grandchild was taken by dfcs for the same reason. We don't want the kids to go to Foster care and we are able to care for them. What do we do?

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 22, 2020

You can file either a third party custody action or a private dependency action if you believe the children are being neglected. An experienced family law attorney can help you with either and guide you on which option would be best under the circumstances.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: If the Georgia courts are guilty for punishing a child victim and the court abandoned and covered up thier negligence

And then hendered the victims rights to Justice. How can any statute be valid for the civil suit against the state

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 22, 2020

What statutes apply in a civil suit are going to be fact dependent on your individual circumstances. If you are considering filing suit against a governmental agency, you should consult with a civil rights attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Mywife agreedyears agoandinApril 2019 tohaveourlocations tracked, phone calls recorded.Its discussedoften ntext.nowdeny

It is discussed multiple times since 2013-2014. Close to Christmas time she tells me via text: “GO check the tape if you dont believe me”. I go back to her numerous times over the next several days-week, asking her if that is really what she wants me to do. I remind her, just a few months... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Mar 22, 2020

She doesn't have to leave the house just because you ask her to. If you want a divorce, consult with a divorce attorney about your options.

--Regina Edwards | www.EdwardsFamilyLaw.com | 770.854.0777

Fair, Flat Fees Only - No Hourly Billing

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Health Care Law for Georgia on
Q: Is it against the law for a dr to force a patient to get a tubal?

I was told I didn't have a choice but to do it and I've regretted it ever since

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Mar 21, 2020

It is always your choice unless you are incapacitated and require a life saving procedure.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Dcfs got involved in my life with my child's birth...if i was to let my mother legally adopt her will my case close...
Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 20, 2020

Possibly. However, if there is a dependency case, any placement will need to be approved by the juvenile court.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I pick up my daughter every daughter Every other weekend but idk if she goes out or anything I tried reaching to her

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Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 18, 2020

You can elect not to have visitation while this pandemic is ongoing. However, I would try to work out a plan for makeup time after this is over.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Can my ex wife refuse to give me visitation due to fear of corona virus?

My ex wife is refusing to give me visitation with my daughter until the Corona virus outbreak is over. I typically have my daughter Wed night and return her Thursday morning and 1st and 3rd weekends and alternating 5th weekends. She says she is protecting her family but I'm not sick, neither her... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Mar 16, 2020

You need to consult with an attorney. First, you aren't going to go until August or September without seeing your daughter. The first step is to try to work it out with your ex, outline your social distancing and cleaning procedures in your home. If she still refuses, the court may grant an... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: 17 year old runaway

if my friend who is 17, 18 in a couple of months, have legal actions against them and be forced to return home if they ran away from home? we live in georgia and i read online that a 17 year old can legally voluntarily run away from home. would my family have legal actions against us if they lived... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Mar 16, 2020

You are still a minor at 17 years old, and your family can legally file charges against you.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: How do I file a petition to change child custody?
Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 15, 2020

There is no form document for a petition to modify custody. You will need to allege in the petition that there is a material change in circumstances since the entry of the current order and will need to specify what those material changes in circumstances are. You will need to file the petition... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What steps do I take to file for full custody and child support from 50/50 custody with out child support

He no longer has her 50 percent of the time and isnt helping out financially.

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 15, 2020

You will need to file a petition to modify custody with the superior court of the county in which he lives.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a 21 year old date a 24 year old in Georgia
Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 15, 2020

Yes. They’re adults.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I really have a few questions need help plz.

Georgia DFCS is trying to terminate my rights when I've done what they ask. Please someone help me find out how to file appeals and know my rights.

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 15, 2020

You need to immediately consult an attorney to discuss your options.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a 21 year old date a 24 year old in Georgia
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Mar 15, 2020

Yes, both are adults in Georgia.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

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4 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: I'd like to get a consultation on obtaining legal custody of my son.

Hello,

I'd like to get a consultation on obtaining legal custody of my son. He lives with his mother (my ex-wife) and stepdad. My ex-wife has an alcohol addiction. Last October she got into a car accident while being drunk. She was in a rehab all December but she started drinking as soon as... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 12, 2020

You need to file a modification action immediately given these circumstances. If there are genuine issues of safety with the minor child, you may be eligible for an emergency hearing as well. We are here to help if you need it. (404) 525-3080 ejoneslaw.com

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: What happens if the opposing attorney does not respond back to your attorney?
Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 10, 2020

It would depend on the specific circumstances of the request or communication. More facts would be needed to adequately answer your question.

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